Proper Downshifting Technique For Motorcycles
So, you need to know the proper downshifting technique for motorcycles? The proper downshifting technique is the "Match Rev Downshift". Here, we're going to tell you exactly how this is done. Also, please read through the directions carefully. If you miss any of the following instructions, you could end up damaging your motorcycle and cause accidents
- Brake a bit. Put your index finger on the brake. However, if you think you'll need more support, use your middle finger as well. Keep your pinky and your ring finder on the throttle, however. Now, start braking slightly.
- Preparing the downshift. Once you start braking, pull the clutch in and select the next gear as you usually would. However, don't let go of the clutch. Now, rev the engine slightly with your hand and your ring and pinky fingers. Don't forget to brake smoothly as you rev the engine.
- Don't rev too much or too little. When you're revving the engine, don't rev too much or too little. One way to tell if you had revved too much is if your motorcycle jerks forward when you let go of the clutch. This means that the engine was turning too fast for the lower gear. Also, to tell if you had revved too little is if your motorcycle slows down very quickly. This means that the engine was turning too slowly. You'd want to to get the engine to turn the perfect amount of times for the lower gear.
- Execute the downshift. Once you have revved up the engine a bit, let the clutch back out. This will put your motorcycle into the next gear. What you're trying to do when you rev up the engine is, you're trying to match the revolutions of the engine to what they would be when you would be in the lower gear. This smoothes out the transitions a lot.